Date: 18th July 2011 at 10:14am
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Joe Cole has been the subject of much transfer speculation this summer as he is continually linked with a move away from Liverpool after his poor debut season for the Reds last term. Cole never seemed to get going in a Liverpool shirt last season after his red card against Arsenal in the opening game of the season. Injuries also did not help Cole’s season and rumours suggest that the midfielder also struggled to sleep last season because he had a new baby at home which kept him awake, and that impacted on his game.

Many fans have called for Cole to be sold this summer as he is surplus to requirements as we now have a lot of midfielders at the club. There is no doubting that Cole is a talented player but is he past his best now? Will he ever regain the form that made him one of the top midfielders in the Premier League a couple of seasons ago? Does he get given another season at Anfield to prove himself?

Steve Clarke seems to think that Joe Cole still has a future at the club.

“At the end of last season he was not getting in the team because the team was playing well,” said Clarke.

“But he has gone away, trained hard and had a good summer.

“Joe Cole is a top international player and he has a big contribution to make to the future. He is the same Joe Cole I coached at Chelsea, just a couple of years older and a little bit wiser.

“He knows the position he is in. It has been difficult for him because he has not been involved but when he gets the chance it is up to him to take it.”

Do you think that Liverpool should hang onto Cole this season and give him a chance?